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    First Drive: 2015 Porsche Cayenne S
    Turbo V6 Makes Best-Selling Porsche More Potent Than Ever 1411487820

    Oh, Porsche. Just as the dust settles over the 911 GT3's no manual gearbox kerfuffle, the Germans have gone and yanked the yummy naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 from the Cayenne S and replaced it with a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6. Is nothing sacred in Porscheland? Perhaps not... but that's not ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Toyota Camry
    (Re)Securing Its Spot At The Top 1411401420

    Every car has its definitive year. Whether it be the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Mustang, or yes, even the ubiquitous Toyota Camry, 10.2 million of which have been sold since 1983, every car has its year. For the Camry, that year was 1992. With son-of-Lexus styling, a clear sense of purpose and ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Ford Mustang GT [w/video]
    The First Pony Car, In First Place Once Again 1411142220

    At 50 years old, the object of fantasies, a tuner's dream, a movie star and more than nine million strong, it couldn't be truer to say that the Ford Mustang needs no introduction. This newest Mustang, however – making the biggest changes we've seen to the pony car since perhaps 1964.5 ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Kia Sedona
    Injecting New Life Into A Tired Segment, But Will Anyone Notice? 1410969540

    Minivan sales have stagnated in recent years, and Kia tells me that no fewer than 15 models have been completely eliminated from the market since crossovers rose to prominence. So why in the world is the company not only sticking by the Sedona, but also actively investing in it, giving it a ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Lincoln Navigator
    EcoBoost Authority Does What It Can To Mask An Aging Package 1410796620

    Typically, when I approach a new vehicle launch, it's with a degree of optimism. Nowadays, we just expect that every new vehicle will pose a legitimate challenge to segment leaders. Mid-cycle refreshes, meanwhile, have taken on a greater degree of importance, as customers' preferences for the ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Lexus RC F
    The Third Child Is Slightly Less Wild 1409932620

    I didn't get a chance to drive the Lexus IS F until 2009, two years after the car had gone on sale, but I still vividly remember the day it happened. Having piloted almost every other vehicle in the Lexus lineup at that point, I was stoked to finally get some wheel time in the V8-powered, ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R
    Fashion Forward. Fast-Forward. 1407427020

    Germany's automakers seem to get their jollies by watching us scratch our heads. Instead of sticking to traditional automotive bodystyles, they've been deliberately blurring the lines between them and inventing new terminology with which to classify their creations. So we're left with low-slung ...

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    Second Drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
    An Even Brighter Three-Pointed Star 1407340620

    It ain't easy being the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Up until now, the compact luxury sedan has had a tough job description: offer sufficient driving dynamics to allow it to compete with the lauded BMW 3 Series, while also serving as the lowest cost of entry into the coveted Mercedes-Benz portfolio. ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
    A Return To Form 1407254220

    Save for a few years of its century-plus existence, Cadillac has offered its unique brand of American elegance in two-door, fixed-roof bodystyles. Most of these cars were big, floaty barges, of course, though its most recent offering was the wedge-shaped CTS Coupe. But whereas the CTS Coupe was a ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Acura TLX
    Splitting The Difference Makes The Difference 1407167820

    Immediately after landing at Washington's Dulles airport, an Acura representative handed me the keys to a 2014 TSX with fewer than 180 miles on its clock. The four-cylinder engine started and I pointed its signature beak towards a destination in Middleburg, VA. It was a curious move by the ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty Power Stroke
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    What weighs 30,000 pounds? Big Ben's Westminster bell. A navy ship anchor. Or as we found out during our first drive program for the 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty, seven pallets of cinder blocks loaded onto a dual-axle gooseneck trailer. The test was part of a raft of towing demonstrations that ...

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    First Drive: 2016 Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Prototype [w/video]
    Making The Case To Build A Brand-Defining Sports Car 1406563020

    It only takes about half a lap of the Millbrook Proving Grounds for me to become convinced that Infiniti must build this car. The sedan I am piloting around the English circuit is a working prototype of the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept that made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show earlier ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat [w/videos]
    If You Ain't First, You're Last 1406044620

    Darrell Waltrip once said, "If the lion didn't bite the tamer every once in a while, it wouldn't be exciting." The sentiment behind that aphorism is causing my adrenal gland to wake up as Dodge and SRT drivers and engineers – somber-faced to a man – give me the track talk that will ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Ford Expedition
    Blue Oval 'Burb-Fighter Boasts Turbocharged Boost 1405958220

    While the tide of bigger-is-better SUVs has been in recession since, well, the recession, fullsize utes are still very much with us. Conservative creatures that have been loathe to evolve, fullsize SUVs nonetheless remain enduringly popular among large families, livery customers, and anyone with ...

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    Second Drive: 2015 Audi A3 E-Tron [w/video]
    The Four-Ring Brand's First Production E-Tron Has Us Pretty Amped 1405439820

    Over the years, we've had a chance to test a lot of Audi E-Tron vehicles, from very early all-electric prototypes (back then we only got to sit in the passenger seat) to the A6 L E-Tron PHEV and the A1 E-Tron plug-in hybrid. All of them were concepts and promises, merely whispers of what was ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT
    Analog Warmth And Stunning Looks For Under $100k 1404921480

    Only one thing is going through my mind as I blast down the Autobahn at 170 miles per hour: If someone were to give me $100,000 today, I'd go buy a new Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT tomorrow. I know there are a dozen other choices out there – cars that are more powerful, quicker around a road ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Lexus NX 200t
    Ninety Percent New. Ninety Percent Better? 1404748620

    If you were an officious person with a particularly pragmatic point of view, you might be quick to note that 10 percent of the 2015 Lexus NX is shared with the Toyota RAV4. You wouldn't be wrong. Takeaki Kato, Chief Engineer and therefore the single person most responsible within Lexus for the ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Subaru Outback
    Continuing To Tread Off The Regularly Beaten Path 1404230220

    "We like producing cars that are different." That's the company line trumpeted by several Subaru executives during the launch of the 2015 Outback – one of Fuji Heavy's most successful vehicles to date. Managing Editor Jeremy Korzeniewski accurately noted that while Subaru has never really ...

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    First Drive: 2015 Hyundai Sonata
    Charting A Premium Course In A Crowded Segment 1404143820

    Completely redesigning a vehicle competing in a fiercely contested segment requires delicately balancing styling, performance, safety, efficiency, innovation, passenger comfort and pricing, while simultaneously not alienating model loyalists. In other words, it's no simple task. Automakers ...

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    First Drive: J. Ruiter Reboot Buggy [w/video]
    Think Outside The Box 1403193420

    "I've got a secret car club," designer Joey Ruiter tells me. The club in question is defined, in both spirit and literal membership, by the gold and black t-shirt he's wearing that bares the shorthand exclamation, "MIDZWL" across the chest. The letters are shorthand for the phrase "Might as ...

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